Monthly Archives: September 2014

Nothing is real until it is experienced

see the lightHaving a new idea is fine, but there really is no creativity until it is implemented.

The creative process can be thought of as having two halves.  The first half is called “making the familiar strange”.   The second half is called “making the (new) strange familiar”.
Generating and conceptualizing are the first half activities which break our connections with our past understanding.  This is uncomfortable.  Optimizing and implementing are the second half activities which take over to solidify our new connections and our new understanding.  Things are now comfortable again.

In reality, creativity is something we DO, not just think about.  One definition of creativity is “implemented change”.   When we experience the change we have made, we truly understand the creative process and all of its parts.

This week’s Minsight: Remember that  the creative process is never-ending.   This new understanding which we now find familiar, will someday itself be disrupted.  The new connections we have made will be broken and things will become strange again.   If we are going to grow, we have to become used to experiencing and accepting the discomforts along the way.

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Involving others increases engagement scores

16497_wpm_lowresInstead of running more and more “employee engagement” surveys, why not just start involving employees in problem solving? People like solving problems. If you are a leader, why not coach your employees to work together to solve work problems that are important to them. Don’t solve the problems for them. Help them use their own creativity. Be the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.

This week’s Minsight:
Proven research reveals that engagement and motivation result from the opportunity for creative activity, and not the other way around. People do not resist change, but they do resist being changed. Try implementing a simple structured problem solving process. Involve the team in digging up some facts about a work problem they have chosen, defining the problem in their own words, and implementing a solution.

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